Monday, March 27, 2006

Broadside of Submarine HMS Torbay's Sail

Readers may recall Molten Eagle's attention to the unexplained, new accessory on the sail of HMS Torbay here. Now, here is a much clearer photo that shows the mystery object head-on, which easily dispels my theory about a hinged, vault-like access.

To which side of the vessel is the object actually attached?
(Hint: Look at several photos) Here, it appears on the starboard side without question. An enlargement (not posted) shows possible flourescent-like tube(s).

Readers may offer guesses (no one has). Subpen has discredited my earlier guesses, so we may conclude he knows. If the USS Philadelphia had a vertical strobe, would it still have collided so mysteriously? That too, is just impractical, wishful thinking, I am afraid.

As mentioned earlier, this is too obvious and attention-getting to not have some (accurate or not) public cover. Wonder if the answer will be credible.

Hat tip: Spearfish

8 Comments:

At 28 March, 2006 06:50, Anonymous forendy said...

I think you may have been suckered on this one Vigilis, if you look at the dentology and the shroud inlet you should be able to identify that the protruberance is on the starbord side only. Not interchangeable.

Us Brits have enough dificulty getting it to fit correctly without adding further complications.

Good try though!!!

 
At 28 March, 2006 17:46, Blogger Vigilis said...

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At 28 March, 2006 19:55, Blogger Vigilis said...

With all due respect, Forendy, other photos show it portside based on ship's heading. Please take another look at Blue Boat here: Steely Blue

Thank you very much for your research regarding the "Sun Beam 2112 Multi Beam Sonar Sytem". The photo does look somewhat similar, and the Torbay is an Astute class "test boat".

 
At 28 March, 2006 22:39, Blogger Subpen said...

"USS Philadelphia had a vertical strobe, would it still have collided so mysteriously?"

Are you serious?

Nothing mysterious about that.

But some interesting stuff
here

 
At 29 March, 2006 03:33, Blogger Vigilis said...

Subpen, not a mysterious collision?
Please elaborate on circumstances that would allow such a collision to occured at all.

 
At 29 March, 2006 06:17, Blogger Subpen said...

Constant bearing. Decreasing range. No action by OOD or CDO.

I guess that is mysterious in a strange sort of way.

 
At 02 April, 2006 19:30, Blogger Vigilis said...

forendy is correct, I was suckered. Apology has been posted today.

 
At 03 April, 2006 12:50, Blogger forendy said...

Vigilis

May I eat humble pie also, my original email was incorrect, the "attachment" to Torbay is port side, the same side as the sail (fin) door.

But I agree with you, it is easy to misread the signs and go for your first thought.

There goes an honest submariner.

Yours aye

Forendy

 

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